Craig Wedren

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Craig Wedren
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Craig Wedren performing at the Bowery Ballroom in 2007
Background information
Born (1969-08-15) August 15, 1969 (age 44)
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Indie rock, post-hardcore, alternative rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Dischord, Epic, Team Love
Associated acts Shudder to Think, BABY
Website www.craigwedren.com

Craig Wedren (born August 15, 1969) an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer, who began his career fronting post-hardcore band Shudder to Think. Following the disbandment of Shudder to Think, Wedren pursued a career as a television and film music composer, as well as releasing solo material.

Biography[edit]

Wedren began his career as the singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based Shudder to Think, a band that started out in the “hardcore” music scene only to challenge the aesthetics and limitations of this then-emerging musical genre. After breaking indie music tradition by signing with Epic Records (Sony Music), Shudder To Think released three major label albums including their opus, “Pony Express Record.” Shudder To Think toured widely with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, and Pearl Jam, and their videos were featured in regular rotation on MTV. At the peak of their career, a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease grounded Craig and the band, but following successful treatments Shudder To Think returned with a new goal in mind – to create music for film. With Shudder To Think, Wedren scored the independent films First Love Last Rites and High Art, and contributed music to the film Velvet Goldmine. Shortly after making the transition to film work, the band dissolved their partnership, and Wedren continued his dual career as both film composer and solo artist.

As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, The School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, Laurel Canyon, Reno 911!: Miami, Roger Dodger, The Baxter, and Boxers and Ballerinas. Wedren has also written and performed music for the televisions shows Hung, United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Stella, The State, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Dawson’s Creek and Bones. Craig is currently composing music for ABC’s prime time series The Bitch In Apt. 23.

While continuing to grow creatively and commercially as a composer, Wedren has also developed a career as a solo artist. In 2005 he released his first solo album “Lapland” on the Team Love label, after which he toured supporting Foo Fighters, and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. Last September Craig released “Wand”, his second, most ambitious album to date. To accompany the release of “Wand,” Craig toured the United States with Chris Cornell, and he worked with director Tim Nackashi to create a series of 360-degree interactive videos who’s engrossing, innovative technology continues Craig’s forays into the vanguard of music and imagination.

Craig’s just recently re-released a record by his New York City band BABY. The release includes previously unreleased demos, and mixes, as well as a mixed tape which includes covers, and other unreleased material.

Wedren has also contributed vocals to the musical act Tweaker with Chris Vrenna, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, The Verve Pipe's self-titled album, the musical act Cex, The Dead Science's album Villainaire and "Someone To Run Away From" with Pocket, Jherek Bischoff, and a Fleetwood Mac cover with St. Vincent on Fleetwood Mac Tribute record "Just Tell Me That You Want Me."

Wedren wrote the theme for and was a regular extra on MTV's The State and was close friends with many members of the show. Wedren also played a part in 2009's "I Love You, Man" as a member of the Wedding Band, as well a role in David Wain's 2012 film "Wanderlust."

Wedren was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1997. He successfully fought the disease and, after several years of treatments, remains in remission. [1]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Making a transition into pop simplicity". MSNBC News. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 

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